Iran inaugurates Middle East’s largest float glass plant

The Islamic Republic has inaugurated the Middle East’s largest float glass plant in Yazd province in central Iran.

The plant, situated in the city of Ardakan, 569 kilometers (353 miles) south of Tehran, came on stream on Saturday.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the opening ceremony.

The Ardakan plant is the third largest float glass production complex in the world and also has the world’s fourth biggest glass melting furnace, IRNA reported.

It can produce float glass as thick as 19 millimeters in diameter. Float glass is a sheet of glass made by floating molten glass on a bed of molten metal, usually tin.

The glass factory, which covers an area of 75 hectares (750,000 square meters), will produce float glass, reflex mirror glass, double-glazed window glass, and safety glass.

The products are to be exported to Turkey, India, Brazil, the Persian Gulf littoral states, and other countries in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

The Ardakan glass factory was constructed at a cost of 2.68 billion rials (about $233 million). It has already created jobs for 1,040 people directly, but has the potential to create another 960 employment opportunities once all of its phases come on stream.

Source: Press TV

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